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Tribunal awards migrant worker £2,500 compensation

A Polish migrant worker whose employers refused to pay her holiday pay and her wages for December has won £2,500 in compensation in an employment tribunal.

Barbara Szmida was working as cleaner at Tancred Hall care home in Green Hammerton, near York, before handing in her notice last year.

Upon receipt of the notice of resignation, however, her employers Kirsten Properties declined to pay the earnings to which Ms Szmida was entitled.

As well as covering lost earnings, the damages award reflects the fact that Kirsten Properties had not granted her a contract.

Paul Redgate, regional industrial officer for the TGWU, told York Press: "Barbara's experience is unfortunately common among the migrant community working in this country, and is a particular issue in Yorkshire."

News of the case follows reports last month that three migrant workers, also from Poland, were awarded £16,000 in compensation after an employment tribunal ruled that they had been subjected to racial discrimination and had been unfairly dismissed.